Paris Peace Conf. 180.03401/73
Notes of a Meeting Held at President Wilson’s House in the Place des Etats-Unis on Monday, June 16, at 5:45 p.m.
- United States of America
- President Wilson
- British Empire
- The Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George, M. P.
- M. Clemenceau
- Baron Sonnino
- Baron Makino
- United States of America
|Lt. Col. Sir Maurice Hankey, K. C. B.||}||Secretaries.|
|M. di Martino|
|Professor P. J. Mantoux—Interpreter.|
1. The initials of the representatives of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers were given to the following documents;—connected with the Naval, Military and Air Clauses:— Military, Naval and Air Clauses: Commissions of Control and General Clauses
- Inter-Allied Commissions of Control.
- General Clauses.
Sir Maurice Hankey was instructed to communicate these to the Secretary-General for the information of the Drafting Committee.
2. The Political Clauses for the Austrian Treaty as submitted by the Committee of Foreign Ministers or their representatives (Appendix
I) were approved and initialled by the representatives of the Council of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers. The remainder of the Political Clauses dealing with Economic and Financial matters which had been approved on Friday, June 6th, (C. F. 50, Min. 1.,)1 were also initialled. Austrian Treaty: Political Clauses
Sir Maurice Hankey was instructed to communicate both the above to the Secretary-General for the information of the Drafting Committee.
3. Sir Maurice Hankey was instructed to notify the Secretary-General that the various additions to complete the Treaty of Peace with Austria, which had been approved during the day, namely, the Military Clauses and Political Clauses, should be forwarded to the Austrian Delegation as soon as the Drafting Committee had put them into final shape. Additions to the Treaty of Peace With Austria[Page 513]
4. Baron Sonnino said that at Constantinople there was a Venetian Palace which Italy would like to acquire as part of her share of reparation. The Venetian coat-of-arms was on the Palace at Palace and it had been used as the Austrian Embassy in Constantinople. Italy had not been able to claim it under the addition to the financial clauses relating to palaces in transferred territory. The Palace had been occupied by the Italians since the Armistice when the Austrians had gone out of it. They only asked for it as a part of their share of reparation, according to its value. To grant this would hurt no-one and would give great historical satisfaction from a Venetian point of view. The Venetian Palace at Constantinople
President Wilson said it was introducing a new principle to transfer buildings in foreign territory in this way.
Baron Sonnino read Article 260 of the Treaty of Peace with Germany to show that the principle was not a new one. He proposed the following draft:—
“Le ‘Palais de Venise’ à Constantinople, les autres immeubles affeetés à l’usage de l’Ambassade, du Consulat, des écoles et de l’hôpital austro-hongrois dans la même ville et leurs annexes, ainsi que l’église et le couvent de Sainte-Marie en Draperia, seront cédés à l’Italie en compte des réparations.”
Mr. Lloyd George said that this draft would enable the British Government to confiscate the German Embassy in London. Neither the British nor the American, nor the French Government proposed to confiscate the German Embassy in their capital. It was a great pity this question had not been examined earlier as he had no-one to advise him in regard to it.
(After some discussion it was agreed that the proposal of the Italian Delegation should be referred to the Reparations Commission.)
5. M. Clemenceau said he had received a reply from the Hungarian Government to the proposals for an armistice. This was read (Appendix II).
(After some discussion it was agreed that the question should be referred to General Bliss to advise as to the proposal of the Hungarian Government that the Military Commanders of the Hungarian Army, on the one hand, and of the Czecho-Slovak and Roumanian Armies, on the other, should be brought together to confer as to the best means of withdrawing behind the line proposed. The Military Situation in Hungary
General Bliss should be authorised to confer with the Czecho-Slovak and Roumanian delegates in Paris on the subject.[Page 514]
President Wilson asked Sir Maurice Hankey to write to General Bliss on his behalf.)
Baron Sonnino said he was also prepared to agree. Religious Missions: Proposed Declaration to the Vatican
(It was agreed that those governments who are in diplomatic relations with the Vatican should communicate this declaration to the representative of the Vatican in Paris.
President Wilson asked Sir Maurice Hankey to communicate this decision to Mr. Lansing.)
7. With reference to C. F. 60, Minute 12,4 Mr. Lloyd George said that M. Venizelos was in favour of the calling of attention to infractions of the articles relating to the rights of Minorities being permissible only to States Members of the Council of the League of Nations.
President Wilson said that M. Benes was of the same view. Committee on Small States. References to the League of Nations of Infractions of the Articles in Regard to Minorities
M. Clemenceau said he had not asked the question to M. Vesnitch.
Mr. Lloyd George said that M. Paderewski had written him a long letter on the subject.
President Wilson suggested that a decision should be taken in favour of action only by members of the Council of the League of Nations.
(It was agreed that the right of drawing attention to infractions of the Articles relating to the rights of Minorities should be limited to States Members of the Council of the League of Nations.)
- Ante, p. 219.↩
- Ante, p. 470.↩
- Ante, p. 478.↩
- Ante, p. 319.↩
- See CF–50, p. 219.↩
- (note. I have not the necessary legal knowledge to be certain of the correct rendering in the English of the term “indigénat (pertinenza)” which occurs in Articles 2 and 3 of the “European Political Clauses.”—Translator.) [Footnote in the original.]↩
- Appendices V (A) and V (B) to CF–65, pp. 411 and 412.↩